GWR class 800 (IEP)-
|800008 'Sir Gareth Edwards' stands at Reading with a service for London Paddington. 13/04/2018|
|My first IEP - 800013 standing on the blocks at Paddington. 13/04/2018|
|Standard class on the class 800 IEP. 13/04/2018|
The journey from Reading to London is fast and unremarkable- perhaps as a new train should be!?
TFL Rail (to become Crossrail 'Elizabeth Line') class 345-
|345009 arrives into Romford with a Shenfield - London Liverpool St service for TfL Rail. An outgoing class 315 can be seen departing from the near platform. 14/04/2018|
|The majority of seating on the new 345's is longitudinal. 14/04/2018|
|Bays of facing seats are available in several areas. 14/04/2018|
|By removing seats and adding grab-rails the standing|
capacity of the class 345 is increased. 14/04/2018
Overall my view of the class 345 is a positive one, good news as a large number of 'Aventra's' have now been ordered by several other operators. It was however good to get back on a class 315 (never thought I'd say it) and at least be guaranteed a seat!
Class 345 trains are now testing on the Western part of the 'Elizabeth Line' to Reading and will being running through the Crossrail tunnels under central London from December 2018. Full Shenfield - Reading services will commence in 2019.